chapter  19
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Coda

You have heard what seems to me to have happened in my life until now. What does it come to? How is it to be understood in an ordinary sense of grasped, brought together, or summed up?

What has happened so far in my life, it can be said, is that after awakening in clear and restrained philosophy in Hume’s tradition I engaged in it, and also lived with six women, had large hopes about others, made enemies and friends partly by being a kind of activist with respect to more things than my self-interest, and got ahead in my world. The restrained philosophy alternated with the libertarianism or dissoluteness, the assorted relationships made, and the diligence rewarded.